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Comparative Study on Legal Education and Ethics in Two Islamic Neighbor Countries: Current Situation and Future Perspectives

Comparative Study on Legal Education and Ethics in Two Islamic Neighbor Countries: Current Situation and Future Perspectives (Program)

Zoha Savadkouhifar, University of Tehran, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law (Iran) (Co-Moderator); Muhammad Sarfaraz Ali Metlo, Qaisar & Metlo Law Chambers (Pakistan) (Co-Moderator); Seyed Masoud Noori, Trinity University Center for International Engagement (US); and Rana Sajjad Ahmad, Advocate, High Court (Pakistan)

Comparative Study on Legal Education and Ethics in Two Islamic Neighbor Countries: Current Situation and Future Perspectives 

Iran and Pakistan are among the four countries that are called “Islamic Republics” in their Constitutions.  Therefore, Islamic rules are points of connection between them.  However, their legal systems differ, and they have different codes of conduct for judges and different regulation of judges and lawyers.  In this program, the panelists will begin by describing the current state of judicial and legal ethics in Iran and Pakistan, based on the rules, education system of law students, and their own experiences.  They will then discuss challenges and opportunities ahead, and suggest guidelines and solutions, to promote ethical practice of judges and lawyers toward the end of promoting the rule of law in both countries.  Finally, the panelists will invite questions, feedback and suggestions from attendees in light of the experience in their own judicial and legal systems.